J'AIME JUNE 2019

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and the main town of Mestia boast a character

unique in all of Georgia. The Svan people are

fiercely proud of their traditions and customs. Their

landscape is dotted with hundreds of fortress-like

tower houses, from a time when family feuds were so

brutal, that these kinds of defences were a common

requirement.

At the roof of Europe, at the some the highest points

of the Caucasus Mountains, with the turbulent lands

of Chechnya and Dagestan over the horizon, our

group was treated to a wonderful feast and serenaded

by a world-famous polyphonic Svaneti choir. This

was both a surreal and fantastic experience.

From here we continued on through Georgia and

eventually into vibrant Tbilisi. Once again, there

were many more interesting and unique sights and

sites as we meandered through the region; however I

feel that I will run out of paper if I try to list them all!

Suffice to say that this tour was a great success and

we have continued to arrange more tours with our

partners in Georgia who recently organised all of the

ground arrangements for Joanna Lumley on her Silk

Road Adventure, including special access to see some

off-limits 10th and 12th century frescos, an honour

that our groups also enjoy. These partners of ours,

in addition have just finished filming with Jeremy

Clarkson and his crew on The Grand Tour series. So

it is fair to say that our groups are in safe hands.

I cherish the time I spent in these intriguing and

hospitable countries and my heart already yearns to

return in the future.

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